National Broadband Network rollout continues in Fraser Coast


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NBN Co to hold community information sessions on 11 & 12 March, 2014

As part of the ongoing rollout of the National Broadband Network (NBN), NBN Co has begun lodging planning submissions with Fraser Coast Regional Council for new fixed wireless facilities and will hold two community information sessions on the 11 and 12 March 2014.

The facilities will be dedicated to delivering fast, fixed wireless internet services to the smaller townships and rural residential areas in the Fraser Coast region.

The areas within the Fraser Coast region that will benefit from the proposed fixed wireless installations include:

·       Bauple

·       Bauple Forest

·       Boonooroo

·       Burrum River

·       Craignish

·       Dundathu

·       Dundowran

·       Glenorchy

·       Howard

·       Maaroom

·       Mungar

·       Nikenbah

·       Pacific Haven

·       Pilerwa, Poona

·       St Helens

·       Sunshine Acres

·       Takura

·       Tiaro

·       Tinana

·       Torbanlea

·       Tuan

·       Walligan

“Anyone interested in learning more about the proposed facilities are invited to attend one of two community information sessions held at the Maryborough City Hall on Tuesday, 11 March 2014, or Hervey Bay Arts & Crafts Village Hall on Wednesday, 12 March 2014 between 3pm and 7pm,” NBN Co spokesperson Ryan Williams said.

“For decades, rural and regional Australia has been left behind when it comes to telecommunications. The fixed wireless service is designed to provide access to internet speeds and bandwidth that many in the big cities currently take for granted.

“This is good news for residents and businesses in the region, many of whom currently have few options to access fast internet services. They will be among the first in the Fraser Coast region to connect to the NBN.

“With the NBN the whole family can get on line at once, opening up opportunities for homes, businesses and the wider region to participate in the digital age.  Fast broadband can also help deliver improved access to health, education and entertainment,”* Mr Williams said.

NBN Co’s fixed wireless service offers wholesale download speeds of up to 25 megabits per second and wholesale upload speeds of up to five megabits per second to retail service providers.**

NBN Co’s fixed wireless facilities are designed to service less densely populated communities across Australia surrounding major townships, which are not large enough to receive fixed line broadband.

The fixed wireless network in your area is subject to change as the number of fixed wireless facilities could ultimately be amended.

 

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Notes to editors

  • Fixed wireless services are delivered by radio communications via antennas that transmit a signal direct to a small outdoor antenna on your home or business.
  • Before the network equipment is installed a service validation test will be carried out.
  • In fixed wireless areas copper phone lines will remain in place to provide a landline telephone service.
  • NBN Co’s fixed wireless and satellite networks will serve communities with low population density where it is impractical or uneconomical to roll out fixed line technologies.
  • A standard installation of NBN equipment is currently free of charge. Residents should ask their preferred service provider if they have any other fees.
  • For more information visit www.nbnco.com.au  

* Your experience including the speeds actually achieved over the NBN depends on some factors outside our control like your equipment quality, software, broadband plans and how your service provider designs its network.

** We’re designing the NBN to provide these speeds to our wholesale customers, telephone and internet service providers. End user experience including the speeds actually achieved over the NBN depends on some factors outside our control like equipment quality, software, broadband plans and how the end user’s service provider designs its network.